Cigarettes sold in Kentucky would have to be made out of
fire-safe paper, which extinguishes itself when left alone, under a
bill that cleared a Senate committee on Thursday.
"It will definitely save lives," Russ Sanders, a spokesman for
the National Fire Protection Association," told the Senate
Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee.
So far, six other states have passed legislation requiring
manufacturers to sell only cigarettes equipped with fire-stifling
"speed bumps." Similar measures are pending in more than a dozen
other states across the country, supporters said.
Fire-safe cigarettes, which are already required in New York,
California and Vermont, don't cost more to make or have an effect
on taste, Sanders said.
The measure cleared the committee without opposition and heads
to the full Senate.
A similar version is pending in the House.
The legislation is Senate Bill 134 and House Bill 278.
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